Network Maps

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Some early tests of network maps of exchange poetry in late medieval China (c. 860-960 CE) can be found on this page. A full explanation of my methodology, along with numerous qualifications about the limitations of sources, can be found in an unpublished paper I’m working on. For these details, please email me at tmazanec [at] princeton [dot] edu.

Note: These maps are a work in progress. The current versions are incomplete.

Map of contemporaries (unfiltered).

A network map of exchange poems between contemporaries. Buddhist monks are highlighted in red, Daoists in blue. Produced in Gephi, using the Yifan Hu attraction-repulsion model for layout. Nodes are sized according to PageRank. Poets can be located by using the search bar at the top or by clicking on any of the nodes. This will highlight a given poet’s connections and bring up an information bar on the left. Try it out by searching for Zheng Gu 鄭谷, Li Pin 李頻, or Guanxiu 貫休.

Uploaded October 11, 2016.

Map of contemporaries (filtered).

The main cluster of the network map, after it has been filtered by degree (>2) and in-degree (>0). Nodes are sized according to PageRank.

Uploaded October 11, 2016.

Map of non-contemporaries.

A map of poems written to non-contemporaries. Buddhists are colored red, Daoists blue, deities green. Filtered by degree (>0), nodes sized according to in-degree (amount of poems received). Produced in Gephi, using the ForceAtlas2 linear-attraction/linear-repulsion model, with hubs dissuaded and overlap prevented. The work of Zhōu Tán 周曇 (late ninth cent.), whose surviving oeuvre consists of 195 poems on history, has been excluded.

Uploaded October 11, 2016.

I have also presented a research poster based on some of this work at Leiden University on July 7, 2016. The interested reader may consult it here.